Top 5 Safari Destinations to see Wild Dog

For the best chance of spending time with this charismatic carnivore we’ve selected 5 spots where they don’t just occur every now and again but really are regularly encountered:

Laikipia Plateau, Kenya

An abundance of dik-dik, the perfect snack-sized treat for a pack of Wild Dog, together with the relative paucity of lion – their arch adversary – combine to make this perfect dog-country. Add to this an on-going research programme that fits telemetric collars to a few of the alphas meaning that the packs can be located with unusual reliability and an absence of National Park rules allowing you to crawl right up to them. A truly top-drawer experience. 

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Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

Wild Dog are uncommonly successful and efficient hunters and scientist have long-pondered why, given this, they are in decline. The answer lies disappearing habitat and the ever-increasing risk of running in to poacher’s snares or contracting canine distemper from domestic dogs on their long traverses across the savannah. In short what they need is space and nowhere offers more miles of wild Africa than the Selous; 54,600 square kilometres of game reserve in eastern Tanzania.

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Moremi, Botswana

Wild Dog have to share the limelight somewhat around the Okavango where plentiful sightings of leopard, cheetah and lion add to this embarrassment of riches. Moremi might not be able to boast that it’s the most reliable place to encounter Wild Dog, but if you do there’s nowhere where you’re more likely to see then interacting with another large predator.

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Luangwa Valley, Zambia

While sightings of Wild Dog in Luangwa are classically ephemeral they have been on the rise for the last decade. A big bonus of going on a dog-hunt in Zambia is that you can do so on foot, and there is probably no animal more rewarding to encounter on a walking safari than Wild Dog – playful and inquisitive a cautious approach can bring you within a few feet of a pack – the only downside is that you’re close enough to smell them, and they don’t smell great.

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Mana Pools, Zimbabwe

As in Zambia, Zimbabwean Wild Dog can be approached on foot and this is one of the great wildlife encounters – right up there with Great Apes. Another shared feature with Zambia, and Botswana, is that the southern African dogs are more beautiful than their East African counterparts with more gold and white on their coats, truly painted wolves.

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Top parks to see Wild Dog

Laikipia, Kenya

Vast expanse of wild country

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Selous, Tanzania

One of Tanzania's beautiful lesser known parks

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Moremi, Botswana

Nestled in the centre of the Delta

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Top parks to see Wild Dog

Luangwa Valley, Zambia

Zambia's best know wildlife region

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Top parks to see Wild Dog

Mana Pools, Zimbabwe

Get off-grid in wild Zimbabwe

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